Amazon’s smartphone leaks out: set to completely change the way we interact with phones

Amazon is building its first smartphone and it will come with unique software features that will change the traditional tap-and-swipe way around a phone, according to an inside scoop by BGR.

Amazon’s first smartphone (could it be called the Kindle phone?) is said to come with a 4.7-inch display and feature a whopping four power-savvy infra-red cameras on the front that will work in concert with a pack of sensors to track the position of your head in regards to the phone. Last time, we heard that this will enable a 3D effect, but this latest leak reveals that those effects will be just the tip of the iceberg.

In fact, the unique combination of 4 cameras, software and sensors will enable a new way of navigating a smartphone by just tilting your smartphone. Amazon is said to have gone as far as removing all menus in apps - you’d just tilt your phone left and right to get into settings. Tilting the phone like that would result in a screen with the settings sliding over.

In the messaging app, tilting the phone to the screen would bring the camera, allowing you to quickly embed an image to your text. In the weather app, on the other hand, just tilt the phone to get the extended forecast.

The implementations varies in apps: while reading a book in the Kindle app, for instance, tilting the phone would bring up the X-Ray menu with references about the book; in the email app, you’d be able to tilt the phone just a bit to see labels for the otherwise label-less icons. In a search for, say, a restaurant, tilting the phone when looking at the list of results will display Yelp ratings. In Amazon’s video store, when looking at a list of movies, you’d be able to just tilt the phone to see IMDB ratings.

In addition to this ground-breaking new feature, Amazon is also bundling up the possibility for your camera to read and recognize signs and other text in real-world pictures via optical image recognition (OCR). The camera software will thus allegedly be able to extract the text from images, and then even translate it into another language.

Finally, Amazon’s smartphone is said to get an official unveiling and christening by the end of spring.

source: BGR



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Seems like an awesome thing that will actually never come successful. Like the Nokia N9. It even looks the same lol

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

lol I think it's more like a rugged version of Nokia N9

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Awesome maybe, but this sounds ridiculously painful if not implemented correctly. Imagine tilting the phone away from a direct light source and having a Damn menu fall in front of you. Then you could be lying down or maybe just moving your hand away to have 10 other things happen. They have to be extremely careful and detail oriented here or otherwise we will have another desktop Windows 8 situation again.

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah they have to implement it perfectly. But also the swipe gestures on N9 gathered so much hate but I think it's wonderful. It really feels like I operate the phone. Unlike when I press a button it feels like I just order someone to do something with my phone. The swiping really "connects" you to the phone. I guess Nokia's Connecting People goes well to that lol. If this tilting feature is made well, it will be like swiping just even better. If it's not well made, it will be a disaster.

28. sonnycrockett

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Not true. The N9 was popular during its run, by some unofficial estimates outselling all the early Lumias combined. And it got rave reviews. Unfortunately, thanks to Elop, it was never given the chance to prove its worth. Shame, I really believe it could've saved Nokia.

2. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Two words. EPIC FAILURE. If this is seriously THAT controlled by motion, it will be rejected by consumers very quickly I predict. Personally, I already can't stand the phone rotation when I slightly tilt it too far - I see this being a frustrating battle with your phone to get it to do right thing. It's sunny out.. tilt your phone to see it better.. Doh! Just activated the camera! lol Neat concept, but I don't see it being accepted at all.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Never mind trying to use it in a moving car... Just because an idea is cool doesn't mean it's practical. Remember how 3D TV's are supposed to be the future? Yeah, neither do I.

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Personal 3D headsets are the real thing :)

35. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Yeah, I have a 3D TV, it's cool, but you have very little content to watch!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea I see it becoming very annoying and fast. I'm sick of all these gimmicks coming out, just give us the basics. Change isn't bad but it's not always good.

5. checkmymike

Posts: 220; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Well the tilting motion will only be useful to those who have no fingers.

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Why should I tilt when I can just tap or swipe????

10. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I bet the battery life is horrible.

13. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Agree 100%. Seems like a lot of work to fix something not broken. I wish them luck in proving me wrong.

11. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This phone looks dangerously similar to a Lumia 900. I hope they don't get sued.

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I think that's just a case around the device to hide what it actually looks like. It's not uncommon for companies to do that.

19. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Yep. It's so obviously a protoype.

12. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

congratulation ! lumia mix with iPhone = the new born amazon smartphone.

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Where's the iPhone though?

16. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Why not something useful, like a completely voice controlled phone??

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

lolol So you want to be talking to your phone everywhere? lol How stupid that would look like and how embarrassing that would feel like. Imagine trying to voice control your phone in the loud streets...

17. gh0s7

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

You guys do realize that the phone is in a privacy case so if (and obviously when) it does leak, the public still can't see the actual design

20. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Sounds great , motion gestures..hmm

21. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Motion gestures with 4 cameras, wth.. why not achieve the effect with gyro + accelerometer?!

22. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

ah i can't be dealing with this

23. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Coming from Amazon, it will be a Amazon shopping centric device, and no different than the tablets Amazon offers under it's branding.

24. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Microsoft (now owner of Nokia) suing in 3, 2, 1.... It looks EXACTLY THE SAME as Nokia Lumia 900!

25. Finest

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

I hope this works well in a low light environment

26. zennacko unregistered

When I first read "IR sensors" I was like "YAY FLIR!" but it's just more head/eye tracking, as if our lives weren't tracked enough already.

27. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

90% chance it is pure gimmicky

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